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Youth Development and Physical Activity Linking Universities and Communities

ISBN-10: 0736001603
ISBN-13: 9780736001601
Edition: 2000
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Description: Professionals in educational and recreational settings work hard to understand and address the problems faced by underserved youth. Yet the dedicated people in these institutions are often limited in what they can achieve because they tend to remain  More...

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List price: $37.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 7/28/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 280
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Professionals in educational and recreational settings work hard to understand and address the problems faced by underserved youth. Yet the dedicated people in these institutions are often limited in what they can achieve because they tend to remain within the confines of their own work environment rather than sharing their expertise and resources.Instead of accepting this as an unfortunate fact of life, the coauthors of this book see the situation as an opportunity to develop an approach in which the whole is far greater than the sum of its parts. In Youth Development and Physical Activity: Linking Universities and Communities, they draw on their considerable teaching experience to present innovative new ways to serve underserved youth.The book describes practical strategies for breaking down the walls between universities and communities so they can combine their strengths to improve young people's lives. You'll find a wealth of guidelines for creating physical activity programs that instill a sense of social and personal responsibility, including numerous real-life examples of successful programs.Youth Development and Physical Activity: Linking Universities and Communities is divided into four parts, each enriched with the colorful "voices" and stories of real kids and youth leaders who have put these ideas into practice:- Part Iprovides a sobering look at the challenges today's young people face and introduces positive ways to improve physical activity youth programs so they're meaningful in today's world.- In Part II, you'll learn how to move from "how it is" to "how it could be, " using a breakthrough model for working with kids and building programs. Here the book provides a road map that shows the way for university students and faculty to connect with youth in their communities through service learning, internships, and other outreach programs- Part IIIspells out how to develop a variety of proven youth physical activity programs-from adventure experiences and Coaching Clubs to mentoring and teen parent programs. You'll find many great ideas that work in virtually any setting, including public schools, alternative schools, recreation programs, youth service groups, and social agencies.- Part IVprovides a variety of helpful tools for evaluating programs and improving outcomes, as well as insights on how professionals can develop the skills they need to respond to the changing demands on youth leaders.Written by professionals with a combined 70 years of experience working with underserved youth, this book is must reading for both professionals and organizations practicing in a world where youth too often slip through the cracks. It provides a clear and hopeful framework for improving the lives of kids as well as the communities in which they live.

Shirley Ann Holt/Hale is an elementary physical education teacher at Linden Elementary School in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, a position she has held for more than 30 years. She is the immediate past-president of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the first elementary physical education teacher ever elected to the highest office of the Alliance. She is a Past-President of NASPE, a member of the NASPE Hall of Fame, and a charter member of the North American Society for Health and Physical Education Professionals. She has previously been recognized as the National Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year. She served on the Task Force for the development of the National Standards for Physical Education (NASPE), and served as chairperson for the development of the National Teaching Standards for Physical Education (NBPTS). Dr. Holt/Hale has authored eight books, has written numerous articles, and has made over 150 invited presentations throughout the U.S. In addition to her daily teaching of elementary physical education, she serves as a consultant in curriculum development, assessment, and teaching by themes. Holt/Hale has an undergraduate degree from Berea College and a Ph.D. from Peabody/Vanderbilt University.Melissa Parker is a professor in the School of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Northern Colorado. Her areas of interest are elementary physical education and teacher education. Prior to entering higher education, Parker was an elementary physical education teacher in middle school physical education in a special program for underserved youth. Regardless of the level of teaching involved, she has the consistent desire to see students become self-directed, responsible learners. Parker received her PhD and MA from The Ohio State University. Her undergraduate degree was from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, from which she recently received the School of Health and Human Performance Distinguished Alumni Award. Dr. Parker has been active in a variety of capacities at the state, regional, and national levels of AAHPERD. She has received Honor Awards at the state and national levels for her service and dedication to students.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Realities and Visions
The Way It Is
Vignettes From Underserved Youth
Circumstances Affecting Underserved Youth
Aftermath-Circumstances Affecting Underserved Youth
Inevitability or Possibility?
The Way It Could Be
Programs
A Big Picture
For Further Study
Serving Underserved Youth Through University-Community Collaboration
Serving Underserved Youth Through Physical Activity
Guidelines for Youth Development Programs
The Responsibility Model
Responsibility Model Goals and Strategies
State-of-the-Art Criteria and the Responsibility Model
A Map of Community Responsibility-Based Programs
Youth Development in Underserved Communities
For Further Study
Toward University-Community Collaboration
Establishing a University Commitment to Underserved Communities
Integrating Experience in Community Programs Into University
Coursework and Degree Programs
Recommendations for Developing a University-Community Focus
A Final Word
For Further Study
Physical Activity Programs for Underserved Youth
Outdoor and Adventure Programs
Adventure Programs Compared to Outdoor Programs
Outdoor and Adventure Programs and the Responsibility Model
After-School Adventure Program
In-School Outdoor Program
Summer Outdoor Program
Techniques for Promoting Responsibility
Closing Thoughts
For Further Study
In-School Programs
The Context of Schools
The School Program
Evaluation of the Program
For Further Study
Extended Day Clubs
Coaching Clubs and the Responsibility Model
A Basketball Coaching Club
The Energizers Club and the Responsibility Model
Martial Arts Club and the Responsibility Model
Extended Day Clubs and Youth Development
For Further Study
Alternative School Physical Education
Visiting an Alternative In-School Physical Education Program
Visiting In-School Physical Education in a Charter School
Conducting an Outdoor and Adventure Program in an Alternative School
The Teen Parent Program
The Walkabout Program
Conclusion
For Further Study
Mentor Programs
What Is a Mentor?
What Makes a Good Mentor?
Being a Good Mentor
How Kids Respond to Mentoring and Goal Setting
Keeping Track of Mentoring Sessions
Getting Started
Final Thoughts
For Further Study
Cross-Age Teaching Programs
What Are Cross-Age Teaching Programs?
Teaching and Leadership Options Within Cross-Age Teaching Programs
Essential Components of Cross-Age Teaching Programs
Impact and Outcomes of Cross-Age Teaching Programs
The Neighborhood Scholar Program
Challenges Facing Program Leaders
Addressing the Challenges
Conclusion
For Further Study
Leadership, Evaluation, and Outcomes
Leadership
Exploring Leadership
Servant-Leadership
Leadership, the Responsibility Model, and You
Being a Good Program Leader
Taking Action
Staying On Track
For Further Study
Program Evaluation
Why Do We Evaluate?
Assumptions About Evaluation
Evaluating Youth Programs
Principles Learned From the Evaluation Process
For Further Study
Program Outcomes
Kids
University Students
College Professors
Endings
For Further Study
Epilogue: Challenges
References
Index
About the Authors

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